Our trial of this new mask found it to be far superior to other nasal pillows masks used previously (including Respironics' own pillows masks), which must be down to the way they fit around the entrance of the nose.
A well respected Sleep Medic pointed out to us that she found the heat from her patients' humidifiers caused the gel pillows to swell which possibly helped give an even better seal.
The mask comes in 2 options:-
With a soft and light fabric frame, including all sizes of pillows (small, medium + large). The gel nasal pillow is secured in place on the frame with a built in retaining ring. The Nuance frame Velcro tabs connects to the headgear at connector loops attached to the crown straps.
Please Note: The fabric frame used with the Nuance is not compatible with the Nuance Pro headgear.
With a silicone frame and gel pads, including all sizes of pillows (small, medium + large). The Nuance Pro frame is made of flexible clear silicone. It includes gel pads at the cheek area of the frame to cushion the area. The gel pads are permanently attached to the silicone frame and cannot be removed. The headgear is designed with Velcro closure tabs which attach to slots in the silicone frame.
Please Note: The silicone frame with gel pads used with the Nuance Pro is NOT compatible with the Nuance fabric headgear. (There is also an optional Reduced Size Fabric Frame, but so far NOT in the Silicone Frame version).
Both the Nuance and Nuance Pro have the same highly flexible and lightweight Short Tube, which creates a buffer between the long hose and gel nasal pillow - allowing for movement during sleep without disrupting the seal. The end of the short tube includes a swivel allowing the long tube to turn without torquing the short tubing. The tube is attached to the pillow cushion platform which is inserted into the opening of the frame. The gel pillow easily attaches to the pillow cushion platform.
Another good feature is that the mini hose can also be angled upwards and placed through the loop in the top of the headgear. Just ensure it's angled away from the eyes (as stated in the video below).
REMINDER - The 16 inch Mini Hose Cover will fit this Short Tube for insulation to ensure full protection from 'rainout' (water entering the tube from the humidifier).
The respective headgear of both the Nuance and Nuance Pro have a built in hose loop at the crown, so that if desired, the short tube can be routed up and over the top of the head to keep the hose out of the way during sleep. Many people find this of enormous benefit!
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